Emormous success for GB Down Syndrome Team
GB Down Syndrome team enjoyed enormous success in the first ever Trisome Games held in Florence, Italy last July. There were a total of 209 swimmers from 30 countries and our team of swimmers won a total of 12 medals, 4 of them gold, finishing 5th overall.
The passion, commitment and dedication of the swimmers, coaching team and supporters shone through. Personal bests were set and both regional and world records tumbled during the competition. The team had the most fantastic time culminating in GB Captain, Billy Birchmore, being awarded Top Male Swimmer.
The whole team are delighted and are now looking forward to the European Championships in Paris in November 2017.
GBR Squad Announcement
31 GBR swimmers will be heading off to the DSISO European Championships in later this year.
The swimmers will be accompanied by the coaching team, chaperones and family members as they meet up with Down Syndrome swimmers from across the globe in Paris. It will be a time of fierce competition in the water with fun and friendship afterwards. This will be the first taste of international competition for most of the squad.
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We are always on the lookout for talented swimmers to come and join the squad. There are minimum qualifying standards for international competition which can be seen here. If you can swim at or close to these times and have either T21 or Mosaic Down syndrome and would like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proper recognition for swimmers with Down syndrome
It is an ambition of DSS-GB to get Down syndrome swimmers proper recognition by the Paralympic movement.
GB Team Captain Billy Birchmore pictured with paralympic medalist Amy Marren, both collecting achievement awards from GLL sports foundation. Amy supports Down syndrome swimmers fight to become part of the Paralympic movement. These two world champions are a real credit to disability swimming
The current S14 classification doesn’t fit people with Down syndrome due to their unique combination of intellectual and physical disability. This means that swimmers with Down syndrome are excluded from Paralympic competition.
DSS-GB will continue to lobby for inclusion of our swimmers at the Tokyo games and if you’d like to help you can sign this petition.